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Awards presented to agriculture students at Great Yorkshire Show

13 July 2016

Five of the ‘best students in agriculture’ in the region have been awarded medals by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Agricultural students receiving their awards at the Great Yorkshire Show

The awards, handed out by Society’s President Sarah York, recognise students from Askham Bryan, Bishop Burton and Craven Colleges and the Universities of Leeds and Newcastle.

The award winners, who received their medals at a ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Show, were:

George Watts from Askham Bryan College, York:

George, from Thurgoland, Sheffield, runs his own flock of ¾ Texel cross ewes and is a Level 3 agriculture student. Tutors praised his commitment and achievement in academic studies and his support of his peers. His nomination from the College said: “He has an excellent attendance and disciplinary record, going about his college life with an unassuming air that belies his determination and academic ability. He’s been a pleasure to have on the course, and has a great future in the agricultural industry.” George plans to continue his studies with a degree in agriculture to further his career.

Kate Hodgson from Bishop Burton College:

Kate will graduate with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Agricultural Resource Management. Home is a dairy farm near Grosmont, Whitby, and her course manager said that she had made tremendous efforts this year which had been rewarded with her excellent degree with grades which consistently showed significant improvement. She hopes to introduce a venison enterprise to her family's farm.

Tom Hall from Craven College, Skipton:

From a farming family, Tom, who lives in Settle, decided take an apprenticeship to enable him to gain wider experience of the industry. Working with sheep and beef cattle, he has moved to a dairy farm to further extend his knowledge. His tutor said: ‘Tom has always entered into discussion in class and showed great interest when on farm visits. He is a keen stockman, which always came through on his practical assessments as he has his own small flock of Dalesbred sheep. Tom has completed his apprenticeship at Level 2 and is now considering progressing to his Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Emily Whitelock from the University of Leeds:

Emily, from Cambridge, has just completed a BSc Honours degree in Biology with an excellent first class degree. Originally planning to study medicine, she opted for biology instead and starts her Masters in human nutrition next year. Her aim is to provide dietary advice based on real science, as well as promote a sustainable way of eating including as much local produce as possible.

Joe Campbell from Newcastle University:

Joe is from Wingate, Co. Durham and has achieved the highest overall mark in his graduating class for a BSc. Agriculture degree. Awarded First Class Honours, Joe specialised in Farm Business Management. He has substantial practical farming experience with a special interest in livestock production systems and represented Newcastle University as a finalist in two national farm business competitions. 

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